My mother collected quite a few pieces of linen, some beautifully embroidered or embellished. Many women of her era had a great love of linens, and I think that some of these must have been handed down from her mother. These are a few that I especially love.
I think the first one must be a guest towel, although I can't imagine ever using it, it's so delicate. If I ever put in our bathroom, I'd be afraid my kids would ruin it.
The second piece is a small tablecloth, I think. I'm dismally ignorant when it comes to recognizing different types of needlework, so I've no clue what this is called. Anybody care to enlighten me?
The last piece just makes me smile. I do love birds -- you saw my covered dishes with little bird handles recently. In my kitchen there are bird prints and plates, eggs, nests, and a beautiful bird's nest painting done by the lovely Donna, of Donna's Art. This little hand towel, with it's cheerful bird appliques, will fit right in.
I like to pick up little embroidered or embellished linens when I see them at the thrift store. That someone took the time to make them, and lovingly care for them...well, it just speaks to me. Yes, I'm just a big old mother hen, taking in every stray tea cup and napkin that crosses my path! :)